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Linda Eisenmann '75 to deliver keynote historical lecture on Founders Day

April 5 is Founders Day at Connecticut College, and in honor of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the College Charter, Linda Eisenmann will deliver a keynote historical lecture on campus. Her talk will bring to life the history of the College, its founding and key milestones, and its place in the history of higher education. A 1975 graduate of Connecticut College, Eisenmann is a provost and professor of education and history at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. These accomplishments make her the ideal Founders Day speaker, according to Connecticut College President Leo I. Higdon Jr. "

As a historian, Linda Eisenmann can help us all better understand Connecticut College's founding in the context of what was happening in higher education in the early 1900s," Higdon said. "And as an alumna, she helps connect all of us to this history, and the evolution of the College, in a very personal way." Eisenmann, who is also the parent of two Connecticut College graduates, lists among her scholarly interests the social context of schooling, especially colleges and universities; higher education in the post-World War II era, particularly as it affects female students and women faculty; and coeducation in colleges and universities, from the 1980s to the present. She has published widely and is active in a number of national academic associations. Her lecture is at 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, in Evans Hall, located in the Cummings Arts Center. It is free and open to the public.

April 4, 2011